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Unknown - June 26, 2020
After 116 years: the end of production of the Golf Variant concludes Zwickau tradition of combustion engine vehicles

Transformation into Europe’s largest electric vehicle factory: six electric models of the brands Volkswagen, Audi and Seat will be manufactured in 2021…The last model with a combustion engine left the assembly line today at the Zwickau car factory. The seventh generation Golf R Estate02 with 2.0-litre petrol engine in Oryx White Pearl Effect was produced for a customer in Germany. From today on, only electric models of Volkswagen and in future also of the sister brands Audi and Seat will be produced in Zwickau. The leap into the modern automobile age has been a long one: since 1904, cars with combustion engines have been built in Zwickau…“Today is a historic day for us. We are proud of what we have achieved so far, and at the same time are greatly looking forward to what the future holds for us. The trend towards electric mobility will continue to pick up speed. We will meet this demand from Zwickau: we have already created the capacity to build 330,000 vehicles next year.”…With the step-by-step transformation of the Zwickau plant, Volkswagen is for the first time switching a large car factory completely to electric mobility. The investments for conversion amount to around 1.2 billion euros. In the final expansion stage from 2021, six MEB models will be built for three Group brands in Zwickau. 

The Independent - June 29, 2020
‘Our ambition would mean you would never be far from a charging point,’ says chief executive ‘Our ambition would mean you would never be far from a charging point,’ says chief executive

McDonald’s is to install hundreds of charging points for electric cars at its sites across the UK. Through a partnership with electric vehicle charging network InstaVolt, McDonald’s will introduce ports in the car parks of its drive-through restaurants where customers can charge their electric cars…According to the fast food giant, the ports will allow customers to charge their cars up to 80 per cent in under 20 minutes…The UK government intends to ban all new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 but sufficient e-vehicle infrastructure is not yet in place…Mr Pomroy added that with 1,300 McDonald’s restaurants across the UK, “our ambition would mean you would never be far from a charging point”.

Yahoo Finance UK - June 29, 2020
(Bloomberg) -- Even in the innovative world of electric vehicles, it’s an unusual proposition: Plunk down as much as $5,000 now to reserve ...
(Bloomberg) -- Even in the innovative world of electric vehicles, it’s an unusual proposition: Plunk down as much as $5,...

Even in the innovative world of electric vehicles, it’s an unusual proposition: Plunk down as much as $5,000 now to reserve the right in a few years to buy a battery-powered truck, before seeing a prototype or manufacturing plan to assure it’ll ever be built…That’s what Nikola Corp., the Phoenix-based company whose sudden stock surge has captured the attention of investors, is asking customers to do starting Monday. The reservations, which are refundable, take a page from Tesla Inc.’s playbook, but they require would-be vehicle buyers to take an even bigger leap of faith than Elon Musk ever did…Nikola founder Trevor Milton has said he hopes the truck, called the Badger, will one day rival Ford Motor Co.’s F-150, which for 43 years has been America’s best-selling pickup. Nikola went public on June 4 through a reverse merger, and the stock more than doubled on June 8 after he tweeted that Nikola would start taking reservations on June 29 for what he called “the most bad a-- zero emission truck.”…The company told prospective investors before going public that its focus was on producing a different type of vehicle -- big rig semi trucks starting with a model called the Nikola Tre. In a March filing, Nikola said it didn’t expect to draw up plans for the Badger pickup unless an established manufacturer agreed to make it…So far, Nikola has shared only computer renderings of the Badger, and has said it will cost between $60,000 and $90,000. 

Unknown - June 26, 2020
(Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi won approval on Friday for his nominations to lead state mining company Gecamines, its chairman said, after they were held up by allies of Tshisekedi’s predecessor for over a year.

The approval from the public portfolio ministry could allow Tshisekedi to exert more influence over Gecamines, which controls minority stakes in most of Congo’s largest copper and cobalt projects…Tshisekedi announced his nominations in June last year. The refusal by successive public portfolio ministers - both allies of his predecessor Joseph Kabila - to sign off on them highlighted Tshisekedi’s struggle to impose his authority since taking over from Kabila in January 2019…He re-appointed Albert Yuma, a Kabila ally, as board chairman but named several of his own loyalists to senior positions. Tshisekedi’s spokesman said last year that the nominations were aimed at “stripping Yuma of his exorbitant powers”..Sama Lukonde Kyenge, a former member of parliament and sports minister who is an ally of Tshisekedi, will take over as director-general of the company.

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